University Transition Program

Partner Institution

Type of institution

Tal­ent devel­op­ment program 

Institution location

Van­cou­ver, Canada 

Institution website

About the institution

Ini­ti­at­ed in 1993, the Uni­ver­si­ty Tran­si­tion Pro­gram designed a rad­i­cal aca­d­e­m­ic accel­er­a­tion prepa­ra­tion for ear­ly entrance to uni­ver­si­ty stud­ies for ado­les­cents in British Colum­bia. UTP offers senior sec­ondary cours­es extend­ed and enriched in accor­dance with unique learn­er pro­files, peer to peer learn­ing, and com­mu­ni­ver­si­ty expe­ri­ences that build on stu­dent intel­lec­tu­al curios­i­ty, pas­sion for prob­lem solv­ing, speed of pro­cess­ing, pri­or knowl­edge, per­son­al sta­mi­na, goals, and per­se­ver­ance. The steep two year learn­ing tra­jec­to­ry begins with an ori­en­ta­tion to accel­er­at­ed learn­ing strate­gies includ­ing time man­age­ment, plan­ning and orga­ni­za­tion skills and an intro­duc­tion to inter­dis­ci­pli­nary learn­ing con­nect­ing dis­ci­plines of Eng­lish, Math­e­mat­ics, His­to­ry, Biol­o­gy Chem­istry, Physics, Civics and Psy­chol­o­gy. The sec­ond year of the pro­gram focus­es on inten­si­fi­ca­tion, cre­ative and crit­i­cal prob­lem solv­ing, knowl­edge appli­ca­tions, high stan­dards of schol­ar­ship and research with com­mit­ments to com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice and/or work experience.

Partner Representative

Dr. Lucy Shepelev

Uni­ver­si­ty Tran­si­tion Pro­gram
Adjunct Pro­fes­sor, Fac­ul­ty of Edu­ca­tion
Edu­ca­tor, Van­cou­ver School Board


Type of partnership

Mentee nom­i­nat­ing, men­tor nominating 

Catchment area

British Columbia